It doesn't seem that long ago that Netezza was ground-breaking technology. Founded in 1999 Netezza laid claim to being the industry's first "data warehouse appliance" eagerly sought after for its speed and storage capacity. The term "data warehouse appliance" was a term coined to describe a product that used parallel nodes to process large volumes of data for modern data analytics. After a few commercial twists and turns IBM acquired what had become the market leader in 2010 and for the next 8 years or so continued to develop it as the world's fastest and arguably most user friendly data warehousing system.
The decision to discontinue support for the Netezza product line was quite controversial as it presented IBM customers with a hard choice and not much time to consider alternatives. IBM hopes that its core Netezza customer base will stick with the IBM brand and utilise its migration path to migrate to its DB2 and Netezza combination, branded the IBM Integrated Analytics System.
Netezza users are fortunate in having a few options to consider. On one hand, they could consider adopting a cloud-based system and rent their data warehousing capacity. Candidates for this include IBM DB2, Redshift from Amazon, and Snowflake. On the other hand, there are high-performance on-site solutions that would appeal to those who like to see a physical server or Hybrid of Cloud from either Yellowbrick Data or IBM.
Whatever choice a business makes, there are short and long term challenges to be faced. At Smart Associates we are well equipped to assist in prolonging the life of an existing Netezza installation, thus buying time for the right technology decision to be made. We can also help identify and implement the right technology, and migrate your data, whether it be to stay with IBM, or to select another technology altogether such as Yellowbrick or Snowflake.